Tanimura & Antle, Inc., just issued a recall of one lot of its romaine lettuce over concerns that the produce has the potential to be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella.
The recall comes after a random test conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture tested positive for the pathogen. Upon notification, Tanimura & Antle traced back the entire lot of romaine and advised all customers who received the recalled product of the test result. Tanimura & Antle has also since instructed these customers to destroy the product. Although the recalled product is past its shelf life, Tanimura & Antle stated that it is issuing the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution to ensure that any product purchased by consumers will also be destroyed. Consumers who have purchased the recalled romaine as described above should not consume it, and should destroy the product.
The cartons of bulk or wrapped romaine being recalled are marked with the lot code 531380 and were harvested from June 25 through July 2. This recall includes only this single lot of romaine; no other products are involved.
The recalled romaine was sold to retail, wholesale, and food service outlets in Canada, Puerto Rico and the following 29 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. No illnesses have been reported to date, and the company is working with FDA to inform consumers of this recall.
Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
Some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals. Salmonella is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals, causing contamination when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in food storage.
Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illness worldwide and Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiterâ€™s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.
Consumers with questions or who need information may call Tanimura & Antle, toll-free at 1-877-827-7388 or visit the firmâ€™s Web site updates at www.taproduce.com.